When I left work last summer, I had grand plans of starting my own little shop, selling full skirts and rockabilly-style dresses that I'd be making myself. However, due to a sewing machine malfunction (read: the thing started smoking and ate a full spool of thread) and my other sewing machine being too old for me to use without panicking as it's from 1907, I'd hit a roadblock; there was no way I could fill up a shop with hand-sewn skirts and meet demand if there was any. And if there was no demand, I'd be left with lots of skirts in different sizes! The most I managed to do was make a strawberry skirt the year before, although it was a botched job - loose threads, wonky stitching and bias tape everywhere made it obvious that it was a messy hand-sewn piece.
So I lost hope. Fast forward to last Friday, when I found my old spaceman curtains I'd bought for the forever doomed shop, never to be used...or so I'd thought! By Sunday morning, I had myself a lovely, full circle skirt, complete with a covered elastic waist band, and rolled hem. And the best part? It was all hand-sewn and took about 5 hours in total. I know that with a machine that time would have been more than halved, but hand-stitching is actually quite therapeutic, and to be honest it's opened up that hopeful little door into dreams of the shop. Strawberry Stitches could become an actual thing...!
I'm blabbering, I know. You all want to see the goods!